Common Signs It’s Time For An Electrical Panel Upgrade
Even though electrical panels are designed to last for 25 or more years, there comes a time for every homeowner when an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary. There are a few common signs to look for that may indicate it’s time for an upgrade sooner rather than later.
1. Sparks Or Burning Odor
If you start to notice your electrical panel sparking, or if it smells like something is burning, then that’s a good indication an upgrade may be in your near future. Burnt odor, such as melting or burning, or a warm-to-the-touch panel are not good signs. This could indicate a risk of an electrical fire, and ignoring this problem could be dangerous.
2. Federal Pacific Electrical (FPE) or Zinsco Panel
Do you currently have a Federal Pacific or Zinsco brand? If so, then it’s time for an upgrade. They’ve had major malfunctioning and design flaws that could put homeowners at risk.
3. Old Age
As briefly mentioned above, electrical panels are designed to last 25 years or more. In fact, a lot of panels even live to be 40. If your electrical panel has reached its age limit, has started showing signs of wear and tear and/or has begun showing signs of malfunctioning, then a replacement may be necessary.
4. Dimming or Flickering Lights
Do you notice your lights flicking or dimming often, such as when you turn on a major appliance? If so, then it’s likely your electrical system is trying to warn you of a problem. Flicking lights could mean it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade or it could be warning you of another serious problem. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore this sign.
5. You’re Renovating Your Home
A home renovation is a perfect time to upgrade your electrical panel, even if it appears to be in good working condition. If your home renovation includes getting new appliances, an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary. Appliances today require a lot more electricity to operate smoothly. In fact, keeping the same old electrical panel after renovations could result in frequently tripped circuit breakers and flickering lights. Not only that, but it could put your new, expensive equipment at risk of fire. To meet today’s safety standards, you should consider an electrical panel upgrade if you’re planning to renovate your home.
6. Circuit Breaker Frequently Trips
Breakers that frequently trip when you use your every day appliances could either be because your panel is wearing out or your breaker is working beyond it’s capacity. Whatever the case may be, having to constantly reset your breaker isn’t a good sign. Have an electrician out to determine whether or not an electrical panel replacement is necessary.
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